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Tony Berlant

American, b. 1941

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Tony Berlant

American, b. 1941

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Using a multitude of colorful tin scraps, sheets of plywood, metal sheers, a hammer, and thousands of tiny brads (thin nails), Tony Berlant crafts intricately detailed, riotously colorful collages, reflective of the joy he takes in his laborious, piecemeal process. “A lot of what I like about it is . . . the physical labor and activity,” he says. Berlant’s collages range from small to panoramic, representational to abstract, logical to surreal; he has pieced together a multitude of landscape vistas, close-ups of lush flowers, and disjointed, dreamlike scenes. The individual pieces of tin look like thick, varied brushstrokes, causing his works to resemble paintings and imparting a kinetic, roiling energy that activates his imagery and pulls the eye continuously across the picture plane.

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Anderson Collection at Stanford University
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Artforum, and 1 more
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Whitney Biennial
Biography

Using a multitude of colorful tin scraps, sheets of plywood, metal sheers, a hammer, and thousands of tiny brads (thin nails), Tony Berlant crafts intricately detailed, riotously colorful collages, reflective of the joy he takes in his laborious, piecemeal process. “A lot of what I like about it is . . . the physical labor and activity,” he says. Berlant’s collages range from small to panoramic, representational to abstract, logical to surreal; he has pieced together a multitude of landscape vistas, close-ups of lush flowers, and disjointed, dreamlike scenes. The individual pieces of tin look like thick, varied brushstrokes, causing his works to resemble paintings and imparting a kinetic, roiling energy that activates his imagery and pulls the eye continuously across the picture plane.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Anderson Collection at Stanford University
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial
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Articles Featuring Tony Berlant
The Artist-Scavenger Who Turns Scraps of Tin Into Evocative Collages
Nov 14th, 2014
The Artist-Scavenger Who Turns Scraps of Tin Into Evocative Collages
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